Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

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Posts by The Rev'd Canon George Woodward III

The Third Sunday of Easter, April 15th, 2018

Last Sunday, the Second Sunday in Easter, we welcomed three new Christians to the Household of Faith in a joyful celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. Canon Heffron preached a quite remarkable ‘Thomas Sunday’ sermon, affirming that Easter Day is only the beginning of the resurrection unfolding among us and in each of our lives, claiming us for God’s love and labor.…

The Second Sunday of Easter, April 8th, 2018

Our remarkable Altar Guild, Bell Choir, Edmund Choir and Organ with guest trumpeters from the LA Phil, Acolytes and Lay Eucharistic Ministers conspired toward a joyous Easter celebration! We were pleased to welcome Deacon Mark Dawson to our celebrations, and Deacon Dawson has been granted permission to labor among us as an Interim Priest is sought and the Bishop discerns the contours…

EASTER SUNDAY – The Feast of the Resurrection, April 1st, 2018

We walk the Way of The Cross this Holy Week, striving to embody Christ’s embrace of human suffering and frailty, his alignment with God, his bravery in death, and, on the Great Vigil of Easter and on Easter Day, his vindication. May you find success in joining your life mystically to the Way marked by Christ. In Faithful Solidarity, GFW+ The Lessons…

THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT, March 18th, 2018

Amy Hulick and her Hospitality Team provided a well-curated Lunch for 180 vacuum ready young adults following our Olympus Choir presentation this past Lent Four! Amy took all the linens home to wash…and daughter Holly enrolled to assist with this (as with so much else on campus!). Cassandra Stadtler, Sunday School Director for 12 years at St. Edmund’s in time past, wed…

THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT, March 11th, 2018

Glad word comes from San Tan Valley, Arizona that Canon Smythe is home safe and sound, working and recovering. He and Sylvia are grateful for our prayers, and finally sense that they are out of the woods as February’s medical crisis abates and leaves them with a deepened appreciation for the ordinary joys accompanying ordinary days. The Olympus Choir will be with…

FLATLAND

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for March 2nd, 2018. According to the narratives in Genesis, embellished through generations, Abram is given a new name by God at age ninety-nine, and his wife Sarai also. They had begun life in Ur of the Chaldees, a prosperous city in contemporary Iraq. It was most unusual for a first-born…

THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT, March 4th, 2018

With regret, I inform you that Canon Smythe is back in hospital in Arizona, addressing a bacterial infection which is proving alarmingly persistent. Your prayers are required. The Olympus Choir will be with us the Fourth Sunday of Lent, and a rousing attendance is desired March 11th as we welcome young people from Salt Lake City, bringing us chorale offerings. Lent Madness…

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT, February 25th, 2018

The Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week has provoked an admirable response from affected students, ready to summon politicians to accountability for their subservience to the gun-lobby and inaction on gun control legislation (HERE). Their assumption of civic responsibility against a back-drop of apathy is heartening, as they call for a March 24 “March…